It's About Time You Knew the Truth
(Have you been forwarded this email?)
I feel like a 'hello' isn't enough to suffice for the opening of this email.
It has been the longest week of 2022 I am certain of it. I hope that all of you are taking care of yourselves and most importantly being kind. Kind to yourself, kind to others, kind to pervasive thoughts and temptation.
I have recorded the very first episode of Git Cute Podcast with one of my favorite people - Kurt Kemple! It was such a fun conversation, and Kurt is just one of the best humans I have ever had the pleasure to meet and call a friend. I am in the process of editing it and trying to decide if I want to keep it strictly to Patreon subscribers or release the audio version on the normal RSS feed and do an outtake version for Patreon readers as well. This experimentation with the podcast will more than likely change episode to episode. Either way, it is available now for Patreon members.
The progress on Conquer System Design is moving slowly, albeit moving. I am not sure what my mental block on this course is coming from, but I know that I need to have the visuals and content down pat before I release it. I think it's coming from a place of professionalism and perfectionism, but sometimes you need to just release it quickly and iterate on the edits, right? 🥲 You can still take advatnage of the preorder price below.
Thanks to some a great conversation with my dear friend Scott, I have next step interviews with a couple of places that interest me and seem like they are really interesting in terms of work and meet the criteria that I look for in terms of a team, org, and company. We will see how they go, but after writing this email, I am going to be brushing up on my algorithms immediately! (Again. And again.)
The publishing process of A Software Engineer's Guide to Seniority is moving with a slight setback! During the typecasting process, it looks like that I am a few pages short of what I was contracted, so it's back to writing extra for this book! It's a great opportunity for me to expand on subjects that I felt I couldn't when I was publishing it myself, so I am very excited to see what the final outcome will be. I've already seen the cover, and I am in *love* with it. I can't wait to share it with you all!
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The Facade of Tech Toxicity is Breaking
With Elon Musk's acquisiton of Twitter, a few things have become apparent to a subset of people that were not aware of it before. Musk has shown that he is not competent at running a technology company and that the senior management at Twitter could allegedly be complacent with it.
On November 12th, a Tweet crossed my timeline that I could not ignore from William Pietri.
Tech Twitter lit up with a ferocity that I have only seldom seen when discussing if people with software engineering degrees were better engineers. There were many of us that took this information and decided to inform the rest of the world that this is not how anyone should be talking about their employees. The irony is not lost on me that htese people were let go, yet these "weak, lazy, unmotivated" workers are the ones that they need to keep the app running.
My first reaction to the news was to find his Twitter. There is nothing that sets my tech activism fire ablaze than white men in tech treating employees poorly. By the time I got to it, he had already locked it down. (I won't link it here, but it isn't hard to find considering the information in the above graphic.) The damage had already been done. Many of my friends annd colleagues had already started calling this man out for his atrocious behavior. Will anything be done about this behavior? Considering the number of lawsuits that his direct boss's other companies are going through, I doubt it.
I have been speaking out about the toxicity within the tech industry since I become a software engineer, but this is one of the first examples that we got into the mindset behind senior management about how they feel about their engineers. I even spoke in last week's newsletter about how tech employees had a rude awakening about how temporary we are in our positions. And we are watching it play out in real time.
Links That Made Me Happy
Some of these link may be affiliate links for me, but no one mentioned has told or paid me to mention their products. If you do not wish to use them, you don't have to!
Sarah Dosner has released Engineering Management for the Rest of Us. I am a couple of chapters in, and I have already learned so much. It's a *must* read for career advancement.
The Staff Engineer Path is a great resource for anyone that does not want to get into management quite yet and wants to stay on the IC track, like me!
I am obessed with this Ronin figurine. I was a little distraught when I realized that there isn't an anime for these figures, but uh, I'm going to buy them all anyway.
Did you know that Java has automatic garbage collection? Yeah, that's right. We don't have to worry about memory management because the JVM has automatic garbage collection for objects that it knows are no longer in use. Pretty cool, huh?
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Have an amazing week and please be kind to yourself.